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LAISON EXPOSES
OIL FINANCIERS
Boston Copper King, in "Fren
zied Finance," Flays Rock
efellers and Rogers.
Lays Untold Miseries and Incal
culable Losses at Door of
Trust.
New Tort Bun Special Servloe.
New York, July 21."Amalga-
mated Copper was begotten in 1898,
born In 1899 and In the first five years
of its existence plundered the public
to the extent of over $100,000,000."
With this as its opening paragraph
Is begun the story of Thomas W. Law
son, the copper king of Boston, who,
under the caption, "Frenzied Finance
the Story of Amalgamated," contrib
utes the first four chapters to Every
body's Magazine for August
In a foreword published last month
Mr. Lawson promised to expose the
financial "system" thru which the
public was plundered. Mr. Lawson
explains the distinction between the
greU corporation which deals in oil
"and "Standard Oil," the giant, in
definite system which embraces all
the "Standard Oil" group of indi
viduals and corporations. Says he:
"This giant creature, 'Standard Oil,'
3an be best described as a group of
money owners who have a right to use
the name 'Standard OH' in any busi
ness undertakings they engage in.
The right to use the name is of price
less value, for It carries with it 'as-
lured success.'
Three Men Supreme.
"There are only three men who can
lend the name 'Standard Oil,' even in
the most remote way, to any project,
tor there is no more heinous crime in
the 'Standard Oil' decalog than using
,_:he name unauthorlzedly. The three
men are Henry H. Rogers, William
Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller."
In beginning the story of Amalga
mated, Mr. Lawson says: "It was the
creature of that incubator of trust
and corporation frauds, the state of
New Jersey, and was organized osten
sibly to mine, manufacture, buy, sell
and deal in copper. From its incep
i tion it was known as a 'Standard Oil'
areature, because its birthplace was
the National City bank of New York
(the 'Standard OH' bank), and its pa
rents the 'Standard Oil' lights, Henry
H. Rogers, William Rockefeller and
lames Stillman.
I "It has from its birth to the present
writing been responsible for more
hell than
anye otherd
trust
o.r .hln since th worl began Becaus
at ife^eople-have, sustained, incalcul
able losses--And have suffered untold
miseries."
History of Deal.
Mr. Lawson thus details the history
Amalgamated:
In' 1894 J. Edwards Addlcks of Dela
ware, Everywhere and Nowhere, the Bos
qn gas king, invaded the' gas preserves
it the Standard Oil In Brooklyn, and the
Standard Oil, to compel him to with^.-aw,
noved on his.pre-empted gas domains in
Boston.
In 1894 a fierce battle was raging in
Boston between Gas King Addlcks and
3as King Rogers, and the very air was
Wed with denunciation and defiance
jrlbery and municipal corruptionand
Sling Addicks was defeated all along the
Ine and in full retreat, with his ammu
nition down to the last few rounds.
Early In 1895 I took command of the
Vddioks forces against Standard Oil.
In the middle of 1895 the Addicks
roopers had the Standard Oil Invaders
'on the run."
In August, 189&. Henry H. Rogers and
nyself. came together for the first time
it his house in New York, and we prac
tically settled the Boston gas war.
At the beginning of 1896 we actually
settled the gas war, and Standard Oil
transferred all Its Boston gas properties
'.$6,000,000) to the Addicks crowd.
In October, 1896. the Bay State Gas
jutflt passed from the control of Addlcks
ind his cohorts into the hands of a re
ceiver, and growing out of this recelver
hip and accumulated complications.
tandard OH, in November, 1896. regained
ill of Its old Boston companies, and in
iddltion all of the Addicks companies
with the exception of the Bay State Gas
Jpmpany of Delaware.
^wqqnfr^ian
In 1896 I
financial
formulateda
plans for "coppers,1*
anoTperfected the
broad and com
prehensive project having for its basis
.the buying and consolidating of all the
aest producing copper properties in Eu
rope and America and educating the
world to their great merits as safe and
profitable investments.
In 1897 I laid these plans before Stan
lard Oil.
In 1898 Standard Oil was so far edu
cated to my plans on "coppers" as to
iccept them.
In 1899 Amalgamated, intended to be
:he second or third section of "coppers."
was suddenly shifted by Standard Oil
nto the first section, and with a full head
steam ran out "*ot 'the- "City Bank"
station, carrying the largest and best
3-alnioad of passengers ever sent to de
struction on any financial trunk line.
In 1899, after the allotment of tha
\malgamated public subscription, the
public for the first time, in a dazed and
"jenumbed way, realized that it had been
'taken in" on this subscription, and a
miver went down America's financial
ipinal column.
In 1900, after the price of Amalgamated
iad slumped to 75 Instead of advancing
150 to 200, as had been promised, the
Standard Oil-Amalgamated-City Bank fra-'
ernlty called Wall street's king of manip
llators, James R. Keene, to the rescue,
ind under his adroit handling of the
Jtock in the market. Amalgamated was
Jent soaring over its flotation price of 100.
In 1901 Boston & Montana and Butt*
& Boston, after long delay, drew out of
he Standard Oil station as the second
section of Amalgamated, carrying the
igges load of Investors and speculators
what was at that time confidently felt
aould be Dollar Utopia, and the price of
he enlarged Amalgamated fairly flew to
180. These were the stocks which I had
iriglnally advertised would be part of
.ho first section of the consolidated "cop-
pers," and which, after Amalgamated ifad
Jeen run In ahead of them, I advertised
would follow in due course.
Then the Amalgamated dividend, with
warning and In open defiance of the
ibsolute pledges of its creators, was cut,
.and the public, including even James R.
FCeene, found themselves on that wild to
poggan whirl which landed them battered
ind sore at the foot of a financial de
clivity.
tv "7, v" .'V^ti'Vi i* "iff
$100,000,000 PLUNDER IN
AMALGAMATED COPPER
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THE STANDARD OIL "CODE"
AS GIVEN BY T. W. LAWSON
THOMAS W. LAWSON,
Boston Copper Magnate Who Assails
Amalgamated Deals.
BOODLERS' FOE IS
UP IN MISSOURI
Joseph W. Polk Nominated by
Democrats After All-Night
Session.
Jefferson City, Mo., July 21.After
an all-night session, marked by inter
vals of disorder and commotion that
could not be quelled by the gavel,
the democratic state convention unan
imously nominated Joseph W. Folk,
circuit attorney of St. Louis, for gov
ernor and adopted a platform which
promises vigorous, unrelenting cru
sades against corruption and boodle
in Missouri in the event of democratic
supremacy at the polls. The conven
tion adjourned until 10 o'clock.
There was no doubt about4the nom
ination from the beginning of the
first session of the convention. The
Folk delegates far outnumbered the
delegates of his only rival for the
nomination, Harry B. Hawes, presi
dent of the Jefferson Democratic club
of St. Louis.
Platform on Bribery.
On the subject of bribery, the eradi
cation of which is pointed out as the
paramount issue of the democratic
party in Missouri, the platform says:
The appalling exposures of corruption
In Missouri have brought upon the good
citizens of this state the responsibility of
stamping out the things that dishonor
and oppress. No party can be hurt by
getting rid of rascals. No state can be
injured by the enforcement of law. The
disgrace is toleration, not In corrupting.
There can be no grander mission in storo
for any political party than to fight pub
lic evils.
Where bribery rules there ia a govern
mentnot of, for and by the people, but
a government of and for the few with
wealth enough to purchase official favors.
Other offenses violate the law, while
bribery aims at the assassination of the
commonwealth itself. In the city of St.
Louis, according to the confessions of
those implicated, for twenty-five years
bribery stalked thru the legislative halls.
Democratic officials have exposed these
conditions and laid upon the offenders
the heavy hand of the law. We indorse
the work that has been done in this re
gard.
Mr. Folk said, in accepting the
nomination:
The exposure of corruption in Missomi
has made the people realize the menace
to good government if it is tolerated and
the necessity of stamping out the influ
ence of corruptionists from our political
life. I have been fighting them with all
the powers at my command and have
lashed them with the whip of the law.
No Favors No Quarter.
I have no favors to ask of them and
no quarter to give. It is unrelenting
warfare to the end. In their frenzied
desperation they have spewed out their
vomit of slander and abuse. There are
two things I am proud of: One, the aid
and assistance of good citizens given me
and the other, the intense hatred and
malicious mouthings of corrupt enemies.
The battle against boodle has only com
menced In Missouri. If I am elected to
a larger field of opportunity I propose
to make Missouri the most unhealthy
place in all the land for corruptionists
to operate in.
There is work to be done in this state,
in moral, material and intellectual ad
vancement, which you have commissioned
me to do. The commission is a sacred
one, and I shall observe it as such. Here
in your presence, and in the presence of
this great multitude, I consecrate myself
to the work you have assigned to me,
and with your help and as long as God
gives me life and strength to do it, I
will combat the things that dishonor and
oppress.
Immediately after the convention
was called to order today Thomas L.
Rnby of La Grange was nominated for
lieutenant governor.
Sam B. Cook was nominated for
secretary of state on the first ballot.
Cook made a brief address, declaring
for unswerving allegiance to Mr. Folk.
Albert O. Allen was nominated for
state auditor. Both Cook and Allen
have hitherto trained with the ma
chine.
EFFORTS BEING MADE
TO FIND THE METEOB
Special to The Journal.
Kenyon, Minn., July 21.Efforts
are being made to locate the meteor
which is supposed to have fallen in
the rough timbered tract north of
this place. The topography of the
country, however, renders the search
difficult. From the sound which the
falling body made and its apparent
proximity it is judged that its loca
tion is not far away. The explosion
which was plainly heard, leads some
to presume that it was a bursting fire
ball.
5
fait
Keep your mouth closed, as
silence,is golden and gold is
what we exist for.
Never put "Standard Oil"
trades in writing, as your
memory and the other fellow's
forgetfnlness will always be
re-enforced with our organi
station.
Never forget our legal de
partment is paid by the year,
and our land is full of courts
and judges.
Never enter into a' "but
ting" contest with the govern
ment. Our government is by
the people, and with the peo
ple, and we are the people, and
those people who are not us
can be hired by us.
Always do right right
makes might might makes
dollar dollars make right and
we have the dollars.
DAVIS AS ANGEL
FOR DEMOCRACY
Vice Presidential Nominee Is Ex
pected to Give a Million to
the Campaign Fund.
New York Sun Speoial Service.
New York, July 21.One of the
most important results of the demo
cratic conferences here is the start
ing of a campaign fund of unusually
large proportions, some say $10,000,-
000. Vice-Presidential Candidate
Henry G. Davis will contribute the
nucleus of the fund to the amount
of $1,000,000, it is understood.
The West Virginian is reputed to
be worth $20,000,000 at the least.
Ever since the convention, democrats
have been congratulating themselves
upon the lucky stroke that put Mr.
Davis on the ticket. They came dan
gerously near nominating a mere poli
tician or a man who had only respect
ability as an asset. But now they
point proudly to a man who is not
only a clever politician, but has re
spectability, backed up by vast wea.l4s$$
It is expected thatmbst -of .Cia&
democratic ^campaign. 'cl'tfSfe w^ich
will spring up like mushrooms, 'will
bear the name of Henry Gassaway,
Davis. No opportunity will be 1$$~
for honoring the aged vice-presiden'
tial candidate wherever the demj
cratic standard waves.
The New York Herald this morn
ing declares itself in favor of the
election of Judge Alton B. Parker for
president in an editorial which ex
presses confidence in the democratic
nominee because ol the gold telegram*
and questions Roosevelt's judgment
and self-control.
48 NORGE SURVIVORS LAND.
New York, July 21.Forty-eight survi
vors of the ill-fated Danish steamer
Norge, which foundered off Rockall, Scot
land, were brought here today on the
Cunard line steamer Aurania from Liver
pool. The ^passengers landed at Storno
way in two of the ship's boats after un
told suffering and hardships, but all
looked well today.
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ARBITRAIICf ENDS
BUTCH il STRIKE
WHEEE THE DONKEY
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Packers Yield at Peace Confer
ence and Menl^o. Back
"*::to
W4"'^--:':
Striken* Propoxate* of Last Sat
urday Accented by Meat
Magnates.--f'^iV-
Hew York Sun Speoial Service. ^J\.\.
Chicago, July 21.Peace and har
mony has been restored in the pack
ing industry. The greatest strike of
the year is settled^' -.-THe 50,000
butcher workmen in ''Chicago and
thruout the west return to their
posts.
The settlement is a compromise,
brought about thru conferences and
conciliation. The wagea and working
conditions of all men ^ho went on
strike will be settled by an arbitration
board composed ,of three practical
packing-house men. j^v
The packers will reinstate all men
who went on strike as fast as possi
ble without discrimination. If any
man is not reinstate^wlthin forty
five days he has this .privilege of
bringing his case before the 'arbitra
tion board, altho, the'strike leaders
do not believe that.sucha contingency
shall arise.
The packers waived their original
demand that the strikers should ma/ke
application for reinstatement as in
dividuals and the workers go back in
a body With their organization intact.
Several times during, the four hours'
conference this afternoon 1 the packers
and union leaders were' on the verge
of a split. On each occasion when it
seemed that the conference would
break up, President ^Donnelly and
Thomas I. Kidd stopd' out for peace
and tried to
smoot|ji
ijd'ver'the diffi
culties.
A rupture would ttiaave meant a
sympathetic strike of aU the mechani
cal trades, not alone tijf. Chicago, but
in the other packing* :'^centers, and
President Donnelly has fought
against that move fEpialhe firsts
Immediately after lgaving,. the con
ference President 'Dpfipelly sent"' tele
grams containing the labstahce of the
settlement to his lifeutenants and
asked them to wire ttSslr approval at
once so that the strifcel might be offi-.
daily declared off,,? Replies were re
ceived approving the -Settlement from
all of them.
The agreement raci|ed is similar to
the proposal made last, Saturday to
the packers Jby. Dbn^Hy* In% Satur
day's communication,'^?^Donnelly" in
sisted that the strikeera all be taken
back to work within se&eh.d&ys. This
the packers refused, atthb they agreed
to accept every Q&Jgy|jemahd made
by Donnelly.
Rejoicing in ards.
Around the Chicago stockyards to
day there was re|piSln"g among the
strikers, its well a#ti|e stockmen Kitd
pAckm^i&^ihterestsj* 13^h# ltinJybn^S
Who liad looked forward m^i
strike spread- this-.^or^ing%o.r*L .:syS(|
pathetic mbv^ea^inl iniblving'^fcalf the*
that
1 "&&.
JESsf, gsreatec ^xellefc 'that: ^nste^S
sWlfee*th^..|ai^,
lngt6mmJ3&ti$P -of-
7 veW-^^^k^0h- iffly
^h^fci^ce, jitter ctetusifig the)n to,
4&&mffi$&^$* haM^Vlsf's' wajgesi^Sadi
fail&J t6 aeclde th/eir bdemaiids 'tut,
Higher wages or
stripr^, %rwjp.
toreinstateit
make certajri
af would be without
greater loss of time.'
Mr. Donnelly issued a call for spe
cial^ meetings of the various local
unions of the Amalgamated Meat Cut
ters* and Butchers' workmen, to be
held tonight, at which meeting in
structions vfill be given the men about
returning to work. Meanwhile he ar
ranged to have a talk wiih.the pack
ers arid learn from them what depart
ments are to be reopened tomorrow
morning.
Thousands of laborers who have
been on strike appeared at the yards
today with their lunch pails and ap
plied for work, thinking,, since the
Continued on Second Page.
COUNT LAMSDORFF,
Russia's Foreign Minister, Leading in
Wrangle Over Seizures. i
SHARP FIGHTING
NEAR LIAO-YANG
Russians Carry Away Pour Hun
dred WoundedNiu-chuang
Has Been Deserted.
Special to The Journal.
Tokio, July 21.A report from
Shanghai-kwan states that the Jap
anese attacked the Russians twenty
five miles south of Liao-yang. Fight
ing continued three hours. The Rus
sians carried away 400 wounded.
The Russians have deserted Niu
chuang. The Yin-kow authorities are
preparing their houses to receive the
Japanese.
Pekin reports that General Kuro
patkin is still at Ta-tche-kiao. His
vacillation is due to St. Petersburg in
terference.
Liao-yang, Wednesday, July 20.
(Delayed in transmission).The Rus
sian eastern army today attacked the
Japanese on the other side of the Liao
river. Lieutenant General Count Kel
ler, after, anard fight, compelled the
Japanese to retreat with great loss.
i: General Herspjielmarin, July 19, had
|a successful .engagement, c/orcing the
^B^aa^s^s^b-rffteat rapidly on their
TOS^t^^^^ffl^ Russian losses were
200 lciW'^br- ^wounded. Bao^s of
Gtii&fserr3i^e :ap^ia^d^-:Thej^^acked
the^-Rvi^sentr^^^
ItJs xepbjrted^fhat General Kuroki:
M':
&B^fi^TJE$$M malaria and tha he
,foJIb#s.hismrm^r in a litter. General
ent tha^jj^ku, it "is 'reported, has. resumed his
.^dvaTicebeybuhd" Kai^rchau. The Rus-
:^%hs' are expecting a battle^' Ther
rf$|Mneterg At, Lioo--y&ngr regisj^.90 de
grees FaRreriheit.
BRITISH STEAMER TORPEDOED
Serious Mistake of a Russian Torpedo
Boat.
Tientsin, July 21.A letter was re
ceived here today
FATO
from Nfu-chuang
saying that the commander of a Rus
sian torpedoboat had reported that
while in the Gulf of.Pe-chi-li he had
accidentally torpedoed a British
steamer. It is surmised here that the
vessel referred to is the Hip-sang,
now five days overdue from Niu
chuang. The Hip-sang belongs to the
Indo-China Navigation company.
ttomam AND
UNDERWOOD'STARS
PUNCH A CLOCK
First Grew Mutinies at Railroad
Methods Introduced on the
Ocean Wave,
ftiiDAY siaraTtY
RUSSIA HOLDS VESSEL
"BRITAIN GATHERS FLEET
4
MARQUIS OF LANSDOWNE,
England's Foreign Secretary, Direct
ing Parley With Russia.
New York Sun Speoial Service,
New York, July 21.Railroading is
one thing and seafaring is quite an
other, as President Frederick D. Un
derwood of the Erie railroad has now
come to know, at the cost of much
comfort and $300 cash.
His yacht, the Alice, was riding at
her anchor off the Atlantic Yacht
club in Gravesend Bay, when a heavy
parcel was brought aboard in the
ship's gig.
"Wot's this 'ere?" asked Bo's'n
George Kennken.
"The time clock, you lubber," re
plied Captain Wendeleken.
"And wot for a time clock, if I
might make so bold as for to in
quire?" demanded the "boatswain,
with elaborate and biting sarcasm.
"So's to ring up your time, you
swab," said Captain Wendelken.
"Mr. Underwood's been and drawn up
a set of twenty-five rules we all got
to follow on this here ship, and the
fust one isEvery member of the
crew must punch the time clock at
every hour and and half hour while
fa is pi*-' w$tch
Eve* time you fail
to punch you're docked a day's pay."
"The Gehenne, you say," roared the
bo'swain. .-^.VM-an an'^ boy/ 1'va: fol
lowed -the'"sea fdr forty ^rears/.'-rve-.
been in lime juicers, an' coastwise, an'
in the navy, an' in the China trade,
but this ere's the fust time I ever see
a bloomin' railroader workin' off his
worn out skiddools on board a ship.
'Taint nacher'l, Cap. 'taint nacher'l."
George Kennken went for'ard wag
ging his head. Down in the foc's'l he
found Charley Saunders and all the
other men on watch. They had a
long and earnest consultation.
The time clock was set up on a
stanchion abaft the samson post, all
ready to be punched, but not one
member of the crew would touch it.
"Up on the beach with you, you
measly mutineers!" roared the cap
tain when he found all of the sailors
of the same turn of mind. VCJet
your dunnage and climb out o*''Txere
or I'll make this ship a floatingGet
out!"
All hands got out. But they went
to the officers of the Seamen's Legal
Aid society and consulted the attor
neys, and sent word to Mr. Under
wood that they'd trouble him for a
full month's pay.
Mr. Underwood saw a great light
when the society sent a typewritten
opinion showirfg the demands of the
sailors to be just, and sent his check
for $300a month's pay for each of
the twelve sailors. He now has a
crew of good, time-locking A. B.'s.
PRESIDENT GOMPLETES
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
Oyster Bay, L. I., July 21.Presi-
dent Roosevelt has completed the
speech he will deliver on the 27th,
wnen he is notified of his nomina
tion. It is about 3,000 words in length.
President Roosevelt rode on horse
back, played tennis and took a swim
in the "bay today. From now until the
day of notification he will devote
much of his time to recreation. Heavy
official work awaits him on his re
turn to Washington the 28th. In tho
meantime, few visitors will be re
ceived at Sagamore Hill.
ROBBERS SECURE
$600 AT ROYALTOH
Special to The Journal.
Royal ton, Minn., July 21.The
postoffice was robbed this morning at
about 1:30. The safe was blown and
rifled of about $200 in cash and $400
in stamps.
IMPLEMENT HOUSE
BURNS AT IILLMAR
Speoial to The Journal.
Willmar, Minn., July 21.The farm
implement house of G. A. Erickson
was totally destroyed by fire early this
morning. The total loss, $12,000. Loss
on building, $2,000, insured for $1,000
machinery, and binding twine and
feed mill business in connection, $10,-
000 insured for only $4,300: The feed
mill business was conducted by Erick
son & Co. The fire is supposed to be
incendiary. A large quantity of hay
was stored in the building together
with 7,000 pounds of twine. An
earlier flre destroyed the barn of Mrs.
Westley Burr. Loss small. Three cat
tle, the property of the Willmar Pro
vision company, were rescued from
the flames. This fire is thought to
have been incendiary also. Continued on Second Page.
WARMER FRIDAY
\v
CZAR IS PLAYING
A SMOOTH GAlE
Will Release the Malacca
Sticks for Recommissioning
Rights.
but
This Means He Can Get More'
Ships Thru the Dar-
danelles.
ANOTHER STEAMER SEIZED. .H
Special to The Journal.
London, July 21.A dispatch to Lloyd*
says the Russians have seized In the Red
sea the British steamship Pakllng, 2,800
tons burden, belonging to the Mutual
Steam Navigating company. She sailed
from Mlddlesborough, England, for Yoka*
hama, touching at Antwerp.
The news of the Paklln's telxure has
caused great excitement at Lloyd's. War
risks have risen from a few hillings to
10 guineas per cent.
Referring to the departure of the Ma*
lecca for Russia, the Globe this cfternoon
saysi
"If this clandestine departure was ef
fected under orders from the Russian gov*
ernment, we are afraid there Is only ona
construction to be put upon It, namely, a
deliberate desire to force us to take action
to which there can be only one termlna*
tlon.
"We may be certain that by this time
orders have been Issued for her seizure
by the first British man of war she may,
meet."
The stock market showed renewed
weakness at the opening. There waa^n
further fall of 7-10 In console on thejrje
celpt of the news that the MalaccaJbatf
sailed from Port Said. r
St. Petersburg, July 21, 5:10 p.m-
The Associated Press can state au
thoritatively that the Malacca will
probably be released at onoe. The ex
aot status of the oase at present is aa
follows:
Count Beckendorff, the Russian am
bassador to Great Britain, has asked
for Lord Lansdowne's official assur-
Port Said, July 21.The bill. ot%%
health' of the Peninsular & Oriental ."_-,
steamer Malacca, which left this port
today with a Russian prize crew on.
board, was marked "Russia."
Aden, Arabia, July 21.The Ru*
sian volunteer fleet continues to pa-f.'
trol this vicinity, but did not attempt
to interfere with the Peninsular &-.>
Oriental steamer Palawan, which
passed here this morning.
BRITISH FLEET MOVES
Mediterranean Squadron Prepares for
Emergencies.
Alexandria, July 21.The British*
cruisers Furios and Venus have ar
rived here. The remainder of th
fleet is expected to reach this port'
shortly.
Valetta, Island of Malta, July 21.-
The British cruisers Leader and Lan
caster and Pyramus, accompanied by
the torpedo depotship Vulcan and the"
torpedo gunboats Speedy and Har
rier, left here during the night to re
join the Mediterranean squadron.
Wew York Bun Speoial Senrioe.
Washington, July 21.The action
of Great Britain in sending her Medi
terranean fleet to the Red sea is re
garded here**ate ^evidence that, the
government of King Edward looks
upon the question as one of the grav
est it has been compelled to face in
recent years.
XONDON PAPERS TALK WAR
Feeling Against Russia Becomes In
1 tenseLansdowne's Course.
London, July 21.The Reeling her*
against the action of Russia in seis
ing the steamer Malacca has become
intense. It is reflected in a veritable
broadside by the London press of this
morning, including even the most con
servative papers.
Those who deplored the outbreak
of war between Japan- and Russia
and insisted publicly and privately
that Great Britain, crippled financial
ly after her South African experi
ences, must not at all costs be drawn
Into the far eastern struggle, are now
among the most outspoken champions
of a physical force that will prevent
the repetition of the Malacca Incident
in the Red sea.
Officials Will Be Cautious.
Every nerve will be strained, how
ever, by the foreign office to secure
from Russia an explanation that will
pacify the aggrieved feelings of the
British public and no step will be
taken officially that will tend to
prejudice subsequent diplomatic ne
gotiations looking to the settlement of
all important questions now outstand
ing between Russia and Great Britain.
However, there is expressed at the
foreign office and elsewhere almost
poignant regret that Russia rightly or
wrongly should have taken up the po
sition evinced by the action of her vol
unteer cruisers in the Red sea,
"Lord Lansdowne," says the Daily
Telegraph, voicing the views of the
government, "has faced the situation
created by the abuse of the right of
search in the only manner worthy of
a British minister compelled to defend
the interests of British commerce and
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British government stores. If this is TU
given, orders will instantly be issued ,r
to release the vessel.. 'l
At the same time Britain will
be notified that th&shTna stopped by 5J,
Russia whose manifests are not in or*
der will be held.
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Russia will maintain the legality of/*
the status of the Smolensk and St. -7
Petersburg as warships. They are un
der the orders of the admiralty and Jd
were commissioned by the admiralty's \v.
instructions. Under the regulations of
the volunteer fleet, Russia holds that
ships belonging thereto can be con
verted into warships W^j&ftttt previous
netice, upon orders ,#o||,fhe admir
alty. When the/''Smblensk and St.
Petersburg reached Sue*, on their way
.but,"."they, received, fr'bm the Russian
,consul the" admiralty's^ instructions
commissidnirtfcy.tb.eni as warshipsi $
The idea that Great Britain might
meet the question of conversion by au
thorizing British merchantmen to,.'^
hoist the naval flag is ridiculed In' ,.~j
official circles, where full confidence
seems to exist that the incident will
be speedily and satisfactorily ad-'
justed. .is
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